BOSTON (AP) — Tuukka Rask made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season and the Boston Bruins snapped a six-game home losing streak against St. Louis with a 2-0 win over the Blues on Tuesday night.
Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug scored for the Bruins, outshot 33-17. Rask earned his 24th career shutout.
Boston played sound defense throughout against a Blues team that had won 10 of 11. The Bruins limited St. Louis to mostly shots from outside, and Rask didn’t leave many rebound opportunities.
Boston hadn’t won at home against the Blues since Jan. 30, 2001.
Brian Elliott made 15 saves for St. Louis.
Bergeron scored unassisted 5:45 into the game. That stood as the only goal until Krug made it 2-0 on a wrist shot that deflected off Blues defenseman Ian Cole’s hip and got past Elliott with 8:29 left in the second period. Loui Eriksson and Matt Bartkowski got assists, and Bartkowski added a great defensive play with just under 2 minutes left in the period.
Vladimir Tarasenko split two Boston players inside the blue line and was headed in alone on Rask when Bartkowski recovered with a diving sweep from behind. Bartkowski knocked away the puck without touching Tarasenko, who leads St. Louis with 10 goals.
Bergeron had a chance at an empty-net goal with 2:01 left but was hooked by Paul Stastny. While the penalty likely saved St. Louis from another goal, it left the Blues short-handed for the remainder of the game.
NOTES: The Blues had trailed by two goals in only two games this season before Krug put Boston up 2-0. … Former Boston University player and current Blues D Kevin Shattenkirk played his 300th NHL game. … St. Louis was shut out for the third time this season.
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